25 Statisticians Discussed Integration of a Gender Perspective into Official Statistics in Asia

16 – 19 April 2013, Chiba, Japan

A regional Workshop on Improving the Integration of a Gender Perspective into Official Statistics was held from 16 to 19 April 2013 in Chiba, Japan. The workshop was organized by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP), in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) of the Government of Japan. The main objective of the workshop was to strengthen capacity of national statisticians to improve the integration of a gender perspective into official statistics.
Twenty five participants from 15 National Statistical Offices in Asia (Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Mongolia, Nepal, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Viet Nam and observers from Japan) and representatives from UNSD, UNFPA, the WB and SIAP discussed three manuals on gender statistics: (1) the United Nations Manual on Integrating a Gender Perspective into Statistics, (2) Guidelines for Producing Statistics on Violence against Women: Statistical Surveys, and (3) the UNFPA/UNSD/UNWomen Guide on Gender Analysis of Census Data. The participants recognized usefulness of the guidelines in production and analysis of gender statistics in different fields of official statistics including health, work, poverty, environment, violence against women, and tabulation and analysis of population and housing data, and exchanged their experiences in compilation and dissemination of gender statistics under each topic.
Global initiatives such as global overview of gender statistics and minimum set of gender indicators and work of ESCAP Committee on Statistics on developing a regional programme for improving gender statistics in Asia-Pacific region were reviewed. At the end of the workshop, participants developed a 12-month national plan for mainstreaming gender perspective into all statistical activities from the view point of decision makers, coordinators, data producers, and data analysers.